Timberpak opens wood recycling site in Leeds

Wood recycling company Timberpak Limited opened its new site in Leeds on Friday (18 August), following a “multi-million pound investment” into the six acre site.

The Leeds site opening ceremony in August (l-r) Gavin Ball, Alyson Hardy, Connor Paterson, Hilary Benn, Mark Hayton, Gordon Argo, Louise Cassidy and Nathan Sheppard

The 300,000 tonnes per year capacity site was opened by local MP for Leeds Central, Hilary Benn. Timberpak is able to increase capacity by 50% as the demand for recycled wood rises.

In opening the new site on the outskirt of Leeds, Timberpak will now have five locations across the country with a maximum capacity of 760,000 tonnes.

Waste wood sourced by Timberpak from local authorities and businesses is used by Egger (UK) to be used in new products.

The new Leeds site features a bespoke loading pit, which Timberpak said “offers safe and efficient loading, and a streamlined layout of the shredders, picking stations, one way traffic management system and stock system will reduce handling time.”

The company added that four new jobs will be created on the picking line, and this is set to increase in parallel with demand for recycled wood. Currently, Timberpak employs 90 people with 40% of them based at the existing Leeds site.

Mark Hayton, director of Timberpak Limited, said: “We are delighted to have commissioned our new site. Not only will it increase our capacity and future proof our business, but it will further improve the high quality customers service we pride ourselves on.”

The investment into the Leeds site means Egger has now invested over £30 million into its UK recycling operations over the last two years, the company said.


The new site features including two picking lines, a slow speed electric shredder, and a stockpiling system. Two new weighbridges and a loading bay have been installed, and weight tickets and delivery documents will be paperless.

There is also 1,282 m2 of 265kw solar panels across the roof of the main building, and a dust suppression system. The site also has thermal cameras for stock heat control and a one-way traffic management system.

Mr Hayton added: “The investment reinforces our commitment to make more from wood and it will benefit generations to come by continuing to store the carbon absorbed by the recycled wood during its growth.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project. Between us we have created an industry leading wood recycling processing site.”

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